To Salt or Not

I became a huge fan of Dead Sea Salts over a year ago.  You may know that the waters of the Dead Sea have been renowned for their therapeutic effects since ancient times. It’s interesting to note that the waters from the Dead Sea are unique too, in that they contain 27% of various salts as compared to 3% in normal ocean water. Furthermore, while sodium accounts for approximately 80% of the salt content of normal sea water, it comprises much less of the salt total in water from the Dead Sea. In fact, the concentration of salt in this body of water is reported to be over ten times that of the oceans. Ten times!

Then again, many people use Epsom salts during the winter months to help with the dryness and flakiness of their skin as our body endures the cold temperatures.  Dead Sea and Epsom salts vary in source and composition as well. (Epsom salts are much finer than the chunkiness of salt from the Dead Sea) Epsom salts, were made famous by the mineral baths in Epsom, England and may be derived from a variety of natural sources; however, to be labeled Dead Sea mineral salts the salt must come from the Dead Sea. It’s like that a bottle of California Cabernet Sauvignon.  If it says Napa Valley on the label, the grapes must be grown only in Napa Valley.

Over the last few months I have used Dead Sea salts exclusively.  I purchased them in a very large bucket from Whole Foods.  My latest concoction is to put 2 cups of the salt in a container and add a few drops of my favorite essentials oils, such as lavender or Peace and Calming or a combo of the two. I keep it in a container on a shelf next to my tub.  There is nothing more relaxing than a hot bath filled with the aromatherapy provided by these oils and feel the soothing results of the bath salts on my skin.   As I towel dry my skin feels amazing, too. That experience in itself is relaxing and provides a good night’s sleep.

Don’t forget to pamper yourself and your skin during these cold winter months as much as you do in the summer. Whether you are using Epsom or Dead Sea Salts as the base, your silky smooth skin will be your reward.  Oh!  And add a glass of Napa Valley Cab to that shelf next to your salts and a candle or two.  You can thank me later.  Wink!

If you force yourself to smile within a couple of minutes you feel happy – Dean Norris

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